Sustainability & Fair Trade Standards
"Fair trade is an arrangement designed to help producers in developing countries achieve sustainable and equitable trade relationships."
Fair Trade Enterprises are born for impact. They are social enterprises that fully practice Fair Trade. They impact 1m livelihoods, 74% of whom are women.
These enterprises transform local communities, pioneer upcycling, empower women, champion refugee rights and practice organic farming. Their impact goes far and wide and the WFTO is their global community.
These are the enterprises of the new economy. They support and trade with each other, speak up collectively, meet regularly and collaborate at trade fairs. It's a movement, a community and an idea.
Sustainability in itself means reducing your carbon footprint and living in a more planet friendly and people friendly way. Sustainability is ideally a 360 degree aspect, which means the whole life cycle of the product adopts sustainable methods of production, supply and usage.
Fashion is the second largest polluting industry and our choices contribute to it.
At Ethic Attic, we have always believed our work to impact people and planet, hence always trying to make and stock products that are people and planet friendly. We have been believers of Fair Trade which are interlaced itself with the sustainable development goals.
- We work directly with artisans and craftsmen, thus avoiding any middlemen who could take away the share of deserving wages of the maker.
- Our production units are often women-empowerment projects, run under Fair Trade standards. These women belong to economically-challenged backgrounds and given training and employment.
- We encourage and propagate use of handloom and crafts to our clients and give transparent them access to the craft and craftsmen. Our clients are well-informed about where the products are made, who makes them and how they are made.
- Being certified as Fair Trade, one of the ten principles is “No child labour, No forced labour”. Child labour is fairly easy to understand while the term “forced labour” is often not understood in its full sense. Forced labour refers to situations in which persons are coerced to work through the use of violence or intimidation, or by more subtle means such as accumulated debt, retention of identity papers or threats of denunciation to immigration authorities.
- All our weavers, producers and makers are paid fair wages and work in fair working conditions. Fair pay means provision of socially acceptable remuneration (in the local context) considered by producers themselves to be fair and which takes into account the principle of equal pay for equal work by women and men. Fair Trade marketing and importing organisations support capacity building as required to producers, to enable them to set a fair price.
- We also ensure positive developmental impacts for our artisans through workshops, awareness and promotions of Fair Trade. Also, we have been fortunate to take our artisans on Fair Trade marketing platforms globally.
- Through our sustainable concept store, we thrive to encourage use of reusable products and reduction of waste. We offer a range of alternatives for single use disposable daily essentials.
- We conduct workshops, talks and awareness programmes talking about how to adopt a sustainable and zero waste lifestyle.
- We have implemented these practices in building our store too. All our furniture is made from recycled pinewood crates, our carry bags are made of recycled newspaper by lovely folks of Spastics Society and our tags are out of paper made from cotton waste.
We pledge ourselves to support all these goals and we are grateful to all our customers who have been in one way or the other agents of change and contributed to this agenda heavily.